Hello friends, I’m so glad we’re here.
While this site feels like a long time coming, it’s really only up until a week ago that I even considered expanding my brand and putting myself out there in this way. Business insecurity will do that to you, you know? But let’s back up a step or four to the beginning of my journey.
I picked up my first DSLR (read: fancy camera) during the winter of 2015. I was eager to learn and jumped at every single opportunity to get behind the lens. I had sky-high expectations of my work, and quickly realized just how much time I’d need to put in to get those lovely pictures I so desired. My sweet friend Kira, from Kira Nicole Photography, took me under her wing and fielded my endless questions and offered me so many opportunities to shoot over her shoulder. I told myself that I wanted to learn how to document my life, family, and adventures in a beautiful way, and if that’s all I ever did, I’d be content. And I totally meant that! But somewhere around spring of that year, I straight up fell in love. I would grin ear to ear while editing photos, looking forward to the life behind the images and for new ways to capture and celebrate these lovely moments. That fall and summer, I began to think about what that jump might look like, from girl-with-a-camera to photographer. But somewhere along the way, fear began to creep in. What if my work wasn’t good enough? What if I wasn’t good enough? These questions rolled over me every time I’d go to post a new shoot on the blog. I felt like an imposter, a wannabe. And to be honest, I never fully recognized that fear became the motive behind my reluctance to branch out. At first, all I wanted was to keep learning (and I still do!), but over time that turned into laying low to avoid rejection. I let something that brought me so much joy and inspiration become something I wanted to hide from.
Let me say this loud for the people in the back: fear has no place in our hearts or our businesses.
Last week I began an Instagram Plan Challenge by Jasmine Star. I texted a friend first, asking if I should try it “even though I’m not a real entrepreneur” and she gave the green light. What I found was a huge, encouraging community of people who are hustling hard. It was eye-opening and awesome. I quickly realized that 1) I had let fear keep me from moving forward with my business and 2) that I was letting go of that right away. Insecurity can be such a tricky thing, and the comparison game is no joke. But the kingdom of God has no room for that, and if I view my business as a way to serve and love people as an extension of the way God serves and loves people, then there’s no place for insecurity or fear in my business, either. I’m learning to find the beauty in my own story, and it’s my desire to capture that same beauty in the stories of those around me.
Friends, it is with great pleasure that I announce Kait Bailey is open for business!
Stay tuned for a post about the ins and outs of the new site, and for lots and lots of thank you’s.